The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES April 9, 2020 7:00 pm, Zoom Call (see info below) due to COVID-19

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Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski (via phone)

Brian Egen

Ed Kane

Butch Uhl

Catharine Calder

Barry LaRoy

Excused:          Milward Beaudry

Absent:            Andrew Felder

Guests:            Melanie Foose-EGLE AOC Coordinator, Paula Whitman-Councilwomen, Jake Perry-County IT

Approval of Agenda – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Kane, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from February 13, 2020 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Micka, motion passed. Calder abstained-not at meeting.

2020-2022 PAC Support Grant: PAC Support Grant received from EGLE, being reviewed by City Administration, will attempt to put on 4-20-20 City Council agenda for acceptance/execution via electronic signatures.  Briefly touched on items included.

2020 River Cleanup Grant: Briefly went over the grant proposal submitted to the Monroe County Environmental Fund (Solid Waste) for the 2020 River Cleanup.  Currently waiting to hear back on whether the proposal has been funded, likely due to COVID-19 closures.

Future Topics: Reoccurring Items

Life After Delisting: Environmental Issues, Information on monitoring, ongoing work by U of M students, River Raisin PAC establishment/evolution, GLRI funding, partnerships, outlining future AOC – lake – river – Port of Monroe goals/activities, NPDES Phase 3-invasive species, and background details discussed by Egen, Micka, Melanie Foose, Stefanski

Non-PAC Support Grant Projects: Discussed partnerships, due to COVID-19 plans have been delayed for outreach-incorporate with cleanup efforts, ongoing work, DDA efforts, include other groups via Zoom calls, hosting an event to update COTE ideas to build coalitions/partnerships

EGLE Items:

  • MDNR plans for sampling fish in 2020 (last sampling 2016 in 3 spots, great lakes fish found and successful, getting upstream of fish passage structures). Resample in 2020 focusing on smallmouth bass at Raisinville Rd bridge.  Data on past fish sampling to be provided & will be distributed to COTE.
  • Ford site upland cleanup-completed, narrative report coming out, Mannik & Smith provided sampling.
  • 4 – U of M students to be contacting COTE this summer via Zoom about AOC, efforts, etc as a follow-up to past work, Dr Seelbach students.
  • AOC conference to be in May 2021, Muskegon, MI
  • Discussed Ford monitoring in depth, COTE to provide comments to EGLE ASAP based on studies completed, report to be sent to COTE.

Members Time:

Calder-welcome to COTE, 1st meeting

Micka-Discussed topics of Western Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan, Recreational Water Guidelines & limits for microcystin and cylinderspermopsin, and reef balls

Kane-Played song by his friend (Paul Gerweck) that includes the Riverwalk

Uhl-Asked EGLE questions about fish sampling (2013, 2016, and proposed 2020)

LaRoy –stay safe by staying home

Stefanski–stay safe by staying home

Citizen Comments: Councilwomen Whitman commented that this was her first meeting and has a lot to learn.

Adjournment: 8:53 pm a motion made by Micka, Seconded by Stefanski to officially end the meeting.